The best school district in Florida?
The Florida Department of Education is set to release a ranking of school districts this morning. Here's a story we put together for today's paper that includes our own comparison of districts:
The St. Johns and Miami-Dade school districts aren't exactly two peas in a pod. St. Johns, on Jacksonville's tony southern border, has 31,000 students and the lowest rate of poor kids in Florida. Miami-Dade, the state's biggest district, has 350,000 students, with 70 percent eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch. So which district is better? By one measure, St. Johns is. Looking at the number of FCAT points the district earned last year, it's No. 1 among Florida's 67 districts, while Miami-Dade is No. 37. But if the numbers are crunched to gauge long-term improvement, it's Miami-Dade's turn to flex. Full story here. Lots of district comparison data attached below.